kids at the beach

Summer break is here!!! So now is the perfect time to share my favourite sources for the cutest girls swimsuits around (lots of boys ones on these sites too!). I've mixed in super inexpensive swimwear with more extravagant; small brands with some from big box stores. We like to keep a pair for the pool or ocean (these typically wear out most quickly), some for the lake (our special ones) and a two piece which is perfect for days when a rash guard is mandatory (making bathroom breaks that much easier). 

girl in minnow swimsuit
love by willow swimsuits

Whatever the occasion, I hope you find at least one pair that will be perfect for your little one this summer. Have a great weekend!

10 of the cutest summer swimsuits for girls


1. We have a winner of the Saje Wellness baby line giveaway!!! A big congratulations to Nicole Sternberg (@nicoleleigh521) who won!

2. I know I shared a room with a hanging chair last week but this chair AND a window bench in an attic playroom? I just had to show you this sweet space.

Serena and Lily Playroom

Image Serena & Lily


3. The countdown to school summer break is on at our house (6 weeks!) and I am starting to gather ideas for some fun ways to whittle away the ideas. Do you make a bucket list for summer vacation with your kiddos?

4. I came across this beautiful kaftan for kids and can't get enough. Isn't it gorgeous?

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5. This renovation of a 70's airstream is blowing my mind!!! I've dreamt of a caravan for the kids venturing to beautiful spots to explore but this is next level!

the modern caravan airstream renovation

Image + Design The Modern Caravan

Enjoy the Spring weather this week!

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girls looking out to the water from beach

Smallable is the ultimate concept store for kids, as well as parents! When I first discovered this beautiful online shop from France, I couldn't stop scrolling! With a range of adorable kids room decor, including the Numero 74 canopy that you see in some of the rooms I design as well as the sweetest selection of clothing for babies, toddlers, kids, teens and also women, this is a one-stop shop for all things kids (and Mom too)! Smallable carries some of my favourite brands, like Emile et Ida, Pom d'Api, Buho and Hundred Pieces as well as dozens and dozens more. I'm especially in love with the sweet romper you'll see Kaia wearing from our beach day last week and the white top on Noelle has to be felt to really know how soft it is! I wish the chambray pants came in my size!

Smallable is helping to make your shopping adventure a little sweeter with a $10 discount for orders over $100 on fashion items at Smallable. This offer is valid now until Mother's Day (Sunday May 14th) using the code WINTERMOM at checkout. 

Stripe Romper
Buttons on back of Hundred Pieces top from Smallable
kids on beach
beach romper
children's chambray pants with white top
playing on the beach

* This post was created in collaboration with Smallable. All words and photos are my own.


little girl in rayban sunglasses

Winter has arrived and with it, the snow! It has been such a fun week watching the magic of the winter holiday season unfold in the eyes of the kids and I can't wait to head up to the local mountains for more snowy, bright fun. While it is so nice to finally see the sun, it's important to remember to keep our little ones' eyes safe when we're heading outdoors and participating in winter activities. I've partnered with Image Optometry to share some key tips to maintaining children's eye safety whether you are heading for a snowy vacation over Christmas or jetting off to Maui!

packing for sunny vacation kids
packing for the snow

Key tips for keeping little eyes safe in the sun and snow:

  • wear protective eye gear when participating in sports or outdoor activities
  • tell children to never look directly at the sun
  • have eyes examined regularly (Image recommends 6 months, 3 years and annually after that) to ensure any problems are picked up quickly
  • set a good example through wearing your own protective eye gear
  • encourage children to wash hands thoroughly before touching their eyes
  • supervise children when using sharp objects, such as ski poles (to ensure injury to the eyes)
girl wearing children's raybans
Mama and daughter with sunglasses

Image Optometry offers in store eye exams locally here in Vancouver or if you are looking for sunglasses for you and your little ones, you can find affordable sunglasses through 38dollarglasses.com

rayban sunglasses for kids

Image is offering a free pair of Vancouver Canucks hockey tickets when you book two appointments on the same date and at the same time...

Happy Holiday season friends!!